Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This beer poured into my snifter a slightly hazy and reddish amber with a nice 2-finger head of fine white foam that quickly dissipated. There's a nice, fruity aroma of apples, berries, and some kind of freshly-baked fruit-filled treat (one that involves apples and berries).
This beer has lots of flavor. It is quite malty and jammy up front. As it slides across your palate, it gets quite creamy. I detect nice flavors of raisins and black currants, but always there's a definite alcoholic presence. I know, this is a barley wine after all, but it's still not something I like tasting. The beer is not very dry, which is a shame since it might have balanced out a bit of the alcohol. Not much of a finish either.
I think the use of Belgian yeast in an American barley wine is very clever and gives it a nice tartness which I find complementary for this style. Unfortunately, for me the semi-strong alcohol taste cannot be ignored and keeps this beer from being really, really good. I know, I'm a wimp. I should call this `Barley whine'. I probably won't buy this again, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying it if they haven't already.
Serving type: growler
06-11-2011 01:17:02 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.34/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Bottle poured into a snifter. Great reddish-amber-brown color with thick tan head that held pretty well. Good lacing and legs. Full body and medium carbonation. Aroma is of toffee, some mahogany, medium roasted malt sweetness. Taste is funky. The big thing that throws me off is that it tastes like burnt marshmallows. That burtn flavor is front and center and I'm glad I was splitting this bottle because I would've drain poured it if I tried to finish it myself.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 03:55:48 | More by mverity
Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.